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August 5, 2021 8:00 am
Today on Fellowship in the Word pastor Bill Gebhardt challenges you to become a fully functioning follower of Jesus Christ. Why we hear from others lost the say see that's why we want to do good all men, especially those of the household of faith we are free to bear one another's burdens, and we are free to share one another's blessings that should be how we relate joining us today on this additional fellowship in the work. Pastor Bill Gebhardt Fellowship in the Words the radio ministry of Fellowship Bible Church, located in Metairie, Louisiana.
Let's join Pastor Bill Gebhardt now is once again he shows us how God's word. Our world, we are free by grace we are free to stand firm against slavery, religion we are free to overcome the power of our own flesh in our lives, we are free to live our lives under the control of the spirit of God in Barrett's fruit and he says and we are free to bear one another's burdens free to apply the law of love there something more than in order to do that. Doesn't that require something real relationships of people.
You can print burdens of someone. If you have real relationships.
You can't see it just doesn't work that way and that's one of the sapping so many Christians don't have real relationships with other Christians and I don't mean the churches try to address that all churches over the years so they try to have a small group or support to try to put people together and make me think that maybe this will work and sometimes it does but so often it doesn't. And the reason is to have this kind of relationship, someone that you can bear the burden and that you can restore them when they're caught in a trespass it's going require something of that relationship. You better have a trusting relationship. It has to be real. It has to be trusting when I was a student at the school they started the spiritual life groups of students and they said you guys don't have enough spiritual accountability at the seminary so they said let's get together and once a week for half an hour you get together and you pray and you bear one another's burdens, and so we did and really was in the second year of the group about four or five guys were together we found out that two of the guys were involved in things, and especially in sin that was terrible horrific. You know what we know about it.
Nothing in effect. One of the guys that go back to the school because you know why he was sure that he wasn't going to share that why we don't have the kind of relationship we met for 30 minutes a week because we were told to.
That's not a real relationship. You have to have a certain amount of trust before you really open to bear one another's burdens yet to have an a relationship real relationship with certain questions your life so that this can take place in your life and you can't prescribe it.
It has to be something natural and something real in people's lives, so we are free to bear one another's burdens, and then Paul moves in verse six we are fruit free to share one another's blessings. We are free to share one another's blessings out of the body of Christ should be about. He said the one who is taught the one who is taught the word is to share all good things with the one who teaches you go. Now you guys are obligated to me says right there in the Bible. Well it does say the Bible in many places that the ox is working to be fed is the analogy that is used in the one labors, and the word is worthy to be supported but I don't think that's a post talking about here. It could be part of it but I don't think it is first of all, he said the one was taught. The word is to share that word is coy in the that's the word fellowship. The name of our church.
It's the word coy Enea and Quinney means all things in common.
Exactly like the church was in the acts chapter 4 verse 32. Luke said that that the church had all things in common and it was abounding in grace, that's a sense of what Quinney means, but he says they are to share all good things with the one who teaches them now. That could mean your beach house, your 401(k), your car, it could, but I don't think it does. I don't think that's what it means. You see it's all in the word good. If it was talking about material things that use the word cow loss. The normal Greek word for good good things. This is not the word cow loss.
This is the word I got us in Agathon's mean something that is virtually good. That is morally good. Those good things. For example, in Romans 10 exact word is used in verse 15 and this is what Paul wrote, there how beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things. What's the good things of Jesus.
What's the good things of the gospel.
Is it money, no.
What's the good things of the gospel joy, forgiveness, hope and peace purpose, meaning that's the good things of the gospel. That's what that means Agathon's. It means the good things in other words, I should share the blessing of the ability to teach with you and you should serve spiritual things with me.
That's what that means. That's a post talking about just died yesterday morning.
This was on my desk a letter we get letters virtually every week affect my wife told me of another letter that was that you just received this one just came in the mail and it's exactly what this passage is say this person wrote it's an out-of-state listener on the radio said dear Pastor Bill, please know that I'm still listening to your radios to do you in the radio station here in this other state. I listen every single morning at 730 just a letter of encouragement to you and your staff to keep this radio program on the year it means so much to me. I God has really blessed you to preach his word this week.
I really like the story about a young boy going to a birthday party with his dad watching over him.
You know, I never thought about God watching over me like that you touch my heart all I ever was sort of had the convicting aspect of how God watches over me. It was always like how he watches out and watches over me to catch me in sin. More and more I am learning that our God has that our sin is been forgiven. It's now. He said it is now just for us to live like we were already part of God's kingdom and repent. When our human sinful side gets in the way one day I hope to visit your church, but for now I am unable to make the drive. I want to thank you so much I want to thank all of you people are listening. We are being blessed and growing in every sermon we are on the radio.
That's what this that sacrifice.
You see, that's the blessing that's what this means the blessing of encouragement.
It was interesting. I read this in the first service and after the first service I ran into a family. They come up, introduce themselves and they were from Macon, Georgia and he was in town. They will apply for doctoral program at the seminary here in town and he's been listening for years and I just want to encourage me on the basis of what we just preaching. That's what this means.
See the ideas.
What is it that you bring to the table. What's your blessing, then how do you share this. That's exactly what he is saying. That's why by the way, this is an obligation because in the next two verses there is a wrong way to do this.
There's a right way to do this and Paul wants to make sure affect the next two verses seem abrupt, the famous verses, but they seem out of context.
The first Paul then says do not be deceived, God is not mocked, for whatever a man sows this. He will also reap from the one who sows to his own flesh he said will form his own flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit.
He said will from the Spirit reap eternal life. While you see Paul something a proverb right there in the middle of what he was saying. But Paul was saying there's two ways you can go about doing this. There's two ways you can share the blessings in your life you can do in a fleshly way you can spiritually and it's all the difference in the world. You see this reaping and sowing is an absolute law. This is just like gravity. Gravity is gravity. It's a law you want the second-story window today.
This afternoon you could test it if you want you can step out the window and I don't know how long your legs would hold up but you can test it over and over again and guess was going happen every time you step out the window.
The ground is gravity. That's the same thing with reaping and sowing you so a certain action you read the consequence.
It's just the way it is and he said the reason is that way. God is not mocked. You see, that's a very important thing in any talks about this idea of notice the one who sows to his own flesh. You see, if it's all about me and that's my perspective of the blessing. For example, if I came after a message like this and said now you what I do understand how to apply this all of you are here to bless me. That's my expectation. All you reply to that is corruption. You see, but if you take the spiritual perspective and it's all about you.
It's not about me at all. It's all about you. Then you reap the blessing. That's what you say you see it's it's like planning whatever your blessing is. Maybe some of your tremendous prayer warriors to do intercessory prayer.
Some of you are encouragers, some are your servants and hands-on kind of people he can help people with physical needs something you might be teacher some whatever it is that your blessing that's what you so that's the seed you see in it always is going to come out to be what it is. If it's motivated correctly. If you take a seat a week and you planted in the ground. Guess what, you get week and again pineapples is not going to happen that way. You see, it won't happen that way, you will so if you take what you have and you use it for others. You will reap what you've sown, how much do you do this well in second Corinthians 9 Paul said this, he who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he was sows bountifully will reap monthly. Why is Paul telling us that here. It's not about the other person. It's about us. You see, if I were the blessings of God in my life that I have to consider as he said to the Philippians.
Everybody else is more important than me. You see, I have to invest with God is blessed me in either people.
That's what he is saying mess.
Not an easy thing to do notice that he says for the one who sows in his own flesh will reap. He says corruption but the one who sows in the spirit will reap eternal life. The real question is one that we reap it. When one light reap. Here's the answer. I have no idea. Okay God gives you a nice very specific thing he says in the next due time. Who gets to establish due time.
God, in other words, couldn't be immediately here's a sermon get some typewriter types us up on a computer and sends us in the mail and yet encourage right away as preemie, but sometimes getting personal. Sometimes it's immediately sometimes delay but I can tell you one thing it'll always always always happen in eternity is always you got it, but in due time. Now here's the problem that we have. There's a struggle that we have that in verse nine. Let us not lose heart and doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not want grow weary. Here's the two big enemies. Nothing within you lose heart grow weary ever do that. You see, have you ever said about some responsible you have other people how many times am I going to do right so losing heart start growing weary. It happens to all of us. Believe me, all of us this last month or so. Ivan had had a personal pity party for Bill King and it was exactly what was happening here and mostly was affecting just me but be as honest, I was feeling like I'm done weary, done losing heart. I just laugh and I was giving myself and I just moping around. Now with you guys, but with at home. I was so I decided I would share that with my wife and I did and I shared your know I've invested all these years and now I don't know what what's come of anything. And this is just so hard and got she said to me I thought did not come from Jesus Christ that thought came from somewhere else. There's no place for a thought like that all know it wasn't what I wanted to hear the kind but it was exactly what I needed to hear. It was exactly what I needed to hear.
You see, it was someone who was spiritually storing someone was caught. That's exactly what it was and then I'm doing the sermon last week, I'm reading through this text into the observational stage Ist and then I read it says let us not lose heart and doing good. Nor, for in due time we will reap what we don't grow weary and you know what I heard was as though the Lord whispered in my ear Bill she was right. It's right here in the Bible you see what causes us to lose heart and grow weary. I notice his lack of devotion to Jesus Christ. It's a lack of love for Jesus Christ it's loving me more than him. It's a lack of prayer, honest prayer. You see, that's what it is. It's always that one of my great heroes in the faith is not with the Lord. As I've said many times the past was Re: owner. In the words that are goodbye and he lived by was simply this, anything anywhere any time and any cost. That's how he felt about his Lord anything anywhere any time at any cost.
He ended up in the upper Amazon.
He was all over the world of the Lord. See, he never grew weary and lose heart.
You seen that in the truth of the matter is we honestly say that she would do anything for the Lord will do a lot of things anywhere for the Lord. Well long as it's within driving distance of home you know any time. Well yes, but were real busy for the next six months at any cost.
I don't know if I'd pay that much then you grow weary. You see I see this so many Christian marriages failing and this is the passage they grow weary and lose heart and I hear it. I've done my part.
I've done my part as under the Lord. I've taken my responsibilities and I've done it, and you know what I got out of it. You know what I read nothing about. I quit Sue that is that's growing wary that's losing heart notice. The Bible says that God says in due time he decides when you don't decide not if you devoted to Jesus Christ and then in verse 10 he summarizes the whole thing. He said so then, while we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially those who are of the household of faith.
Why we are here.
He sounds just like Charlie Brown right there why we hear from others. The lost and the saved.
You see, that's why were here were to do good all men but especially those of the household of faith we are free to bear one another's burdens, and we are free to share one another's blessings that should be how we relate to each other know the funny part of this is how it ends. That's where the epistle should've ended. I think now, have different opinion when I meet him in heaven, but I think that's what it should've ended. But remember I told you, Paul never really epistle. He was so emotional about he was angry. In this epistle. He was intense. He was really feeling it when he wrote this letter so it's as though in verse 11, he just decides one more time I'm going after this one more time one more time, I gotta ventilate and that's exactly what he does he ventilate's about the Judaizers, the legalist, the religious crowd eventuates about the Lord and about himself first, he says notice see with what large letters I am writing to you with my own hand. We talked about his poor eyesight is letters were always dictated and he can see very well, but he's writing this on his own. He said I must tell you how I feel about this but I'm going back over this one more time and notice what he says about the legalist pieces those who desire to make a good showing in the flesh try to compel you to be circumcised, simply so that they will not be persecuted for the cross of Christ. Is that okay one thing about the Judaizers the legalist. He said they're motivated by fear.
The only reason are telling you they have to be certain to be circumcised so the Jewish community doesn't ostracize him because of told you the truth of the gospel, the Jewish community will ostracize him and they won't like it. That's why they want you circumcised. Then he says in verse 13 for those who are circumcised do not even keep the law themselves, but they desire is said to have you circumcised so that they may boast in your flesh to more things. One is there hypocrites. He said when they tell you that we keep the law. The liars no one keeps the law is hypocrites and he says thirdly he said they just want to brag, they are prideful braggarts want to boast and sing. We straightened out the Galatians, we got the Galatians on the wall.
He said, may it never be me talks about himself, he says, may it never be that I would boast post that I would never post because I want tell you something about the Lord in the cross, he said, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, he says, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. He said you know what I know the person of the cross. I know Jesus Christ and or something else here. He says I know the power of the cross.
The world was crucified to me and I was crucified to the world you support neither is circumcision anything a non-circumcision, but I know what I am. I'm a new creation that's remotely cribbage a new creature in Christ all the old things are passed away. He said I know the person of the cross.
That's Jesus Christ. I know the power of the cross crucified the world to me and me to the world and it made me a new creation. God is taking up residency in me and then he says in those who walk by this rule, peace and mercy be upon them and upon the Israel of God. He said it's given me a way to live to live by this rule. I've got purpose.
I know the person of the cross. I know the power of the cross. I know we said the purpose of the cross and then he says something more about himself. In verse 17 is from now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear he said on my body the brand marks of Jesus is that I have suffered for the gospel.
I have suffered for grace is that I don't enjoy that. But I'm willing to suffer and then he says his last word the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit brother.
Amen. The last word of the epistle is what the whole pistols about the grace of God said, I went grace to be upon you grace to set us free to stand firm against religiosity. It is set us free that we can over power our own flesh.
It set us free, so that we can live by the Spirit of God, and bear the fruit of the spirit and we learned this morning that we are free to bear one another's burdens, and we are free to share one another's blessings, where privilege to be a believer in Jesus Christ. Spring father this morning. My prayer is simple. If there's someone here who still believes that they will be justified before you someday by believing in Jesus Christ, but by also living up to religious responsibilities religious obligations that they believe that they will be someday justified before you because they've jumped through religious hoops. I pray that this epistle is this clear to them as a was the Martin Luther that it is faith in faith alone in Christ and Christ alone. By the grace of God and father. For those of us who are already believers.
I would pray that we understand the great blessing of grace not only our sins forgiven. Not only is heaven.
Our destiny, but we are free. We are free from the obligation of religion and we are free from the power and the corruption of our own/father, may we thank you for that freedom. May we enjoy it in such a way that it shows our love and devotion to you and our love for another Christ pastor broke your heart. If you ever miss one of our broadcasting or maybe you just like the message one more time. Remember the little green website called in one place.com that's one place.com and you can listen the fellowship and the word online website you will find on today's broadcast. So many of our previous audio programs as well at Fellowship in the Word. We are thankful for those who financially support our ministry and make this broadcast possible. We ask all of our listeners to prayerfully consider how you might help his radio ministry continuous broadcast on this radio station by supporting monthly with just a one-time gift support for ministry can be sent to Fellowship in the Word. 4600 Clearview Pkwy., Metairie, LA 7006 if you would be interested in hearing today's message in its original format that is is a sermon, the pastor will deliver during a Sunday morning service at fellowship monitored visit our website FVC Nola.org that FVC and LA.O RG at our website you will find hundreds pastor Bill sermon you can browse through our sermon archives defined sermon series you're looking you can search by title.
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